Writer/director/producer M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN (Written and
Directed by/Produced by/ Jai, Hooters Lover) has captured the attention of
audiences around the world for almost two decades, creating films that have
amassed more than $2 billion worldwide.
In 2015, Shyamalan again teamed up with Universal Pictures on the horror hit The
Visit. Bringing in close to $100 million at the worldwide box office, The Visit
was one of the highest-grossing horror films of the year.
Shyamalan made his first foray into television when he executive produced and
directed the pilot of Wayward Pines, which aired in May 2015. The highly
anticipated 10-episode event series, based on a best-selling novel and brought
to life by Shyamalan, premiered on FOX. The show quietly turned into a fan
favorite, becoming the No. 1 watched drama of the summer.
Shyamalan began making films at a young age in his hometown near Philadelphia,
and by 16 he had completed 45 short films. Upon finishing high school, he
attended New York University's NYU Tisch School of the Arts to study filmmaking.
During his final year at NYU, Shyamalan wrote Praying with Anger, a
semiautobiographical screenplay about a student from the U.S. who goes to India
and finds himself a stranger in his homeland. The film was screened at the
Toronto International Film Festival, alongside Reservoir Dogs and Strictly
Ballroom. In the years that followed, Shyamalan wrote Stuart Little for Columbia
Pictures and completed his first mainstream feature, Wide Awake, a film that
explored a boy's search to discover his faith.
In 1999, The Sixth Sense, which starred Bruce Willis, catapulted Shyamalan into
fame and he became one of the most sought-after young filmmakers in Hollywood.
One of the highest-grossing films of all time, The Sixth Sense received a total
of six Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and
Best Original Screenplay.
Shyamalan collaborated with Willis again in 2000 on the film Unbreakable,
alongside Samuel L. Jackson. A film ahead of its time, Unbreakable has become an
underground hit in the years since its release. Shyamalan once again explored
the idea of a man questioning his faith in the 2002 box-office success Signs,
which starred Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix.
In 2004, Shyamalan released The Village, which starred Bryce Dallas Howard and
Phoenix. The film explored an isolated community and the treaty they hold with
the mysterious creatures that live in the surrounding forest. In his next film,
Lady in the Water, Shyamalan explored the supernatural world of a dark bedtime
story. In 2008, Shyamalan wrote, directed and produced The Happening, which
starred Mark Wahlberg. The film followed a man and his family as they tried to
escape from an inexplicable natural disaster. Other feature credits include The
Last Airbender, Shyamalan's first foray into family entertainment, and After
Earth, an original sci-fi father-and-son story, which starred Will Smith and
With a great love for his hometown, Shyamalan is known for filming his movies in
Philadelphia and its surrounding area. He currently resides in Pennsylvania with
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